OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Sweden 2011

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How can student assessment, teacher appraisal, school evaluation and system evaluation bring about real gains in performance across a country’s school system? This book provides, for Sweden,  an independent analysis from an international perspective of major issues facing the evaluation and assessment framework in education along with current policy initiatives, and possible future approaches. This series forms part of the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes.



The Evaluation and Assessment Framework

The Swedish approach combines national standard-setting and central test development with a high degree of trust in school professionals to carry out evaluation and assessment. All educational activities are organised around a system of management by objectives, where each level of the education system – national agencies, municipalities and schools – engage in evaluation activities. At the central level, there is a high degree of transparency in measuring and publishing results on goal achievement. However, while key elements of evaluation and assessment are well established, they currently do not link into a coherent framework. Challenges remain in aligning the different elements of evaluation and assessment and ensuring that the data collected at different levels are appropriately integrated and used for improvement.


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